The purpose of a total hip replacement (THR) is the restoration of a painless, functioning hip joint with a main focus on the biomechanical properties. Advances in surgical techniques and biomaterial properties nowadays allow predictable surgical results in most patients. As with many other operations, the insertion of an artificial hip joint can now be done using minimally invasive techniques. The advantages of this type of surgery for the patient are numerous: minimal muscle damage with fast recovery, scarring is rare, wounds heal faster and the entire technique is gentler for patients. Generally one week after surgery, patients will begin physiotherapy to ensure total mobility. More Information
Approximately 10-12 days after surgery, the patient should start physiotherapy and walking exercises in a rehabilitation center for about three weeeks. After about six to twelve weeks, patients should be able to get back to work – this may be sooner for patients with sedentary jobs. Those with a hip replacement should avoid contact sports, but lightweight sports, such as jogging, cycling or swimming, can and should be undertaken.